Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPANorthern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale

Added by jmatthew on 10-15-2001

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Photo of mnapier
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Service Temperature, 35 degrees. Tasted, 12 ounce tulip glass. 2007 Edition.

Appearance, can easily be described as dusk orange and clear with an off white foamy head that leaves behind a sudsy lace.
To the nose, I detect some dryness, very faint apple and a nice hop spice & pine. As I pour this medium bodied ale into my mouth, I detect spice, a nice lingering of citrus and pine hops throughout, mixed in with roasted and toffee malts. Minor cloying is present but I can't but feel this is definitely a nice worth while beverage to have alongside with some ham or a blt sandwhich.


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Photo of Zorro
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear dark amber colored ale verging on the color red. Tall light brown colored head it is just a little too dark to call beige.

The smell is strong clean fresh hops and not much else. The only malt I can sense is a little bit of caramel and scorched sugar. Mostly citrus scents here but you can tell the freshness of the hops used.

The taste starts malty with a good bitter snap. Caramel and wood are the strongest flavors here besides the bitterness. There isn't much stereotypical IPA flavor here, no strong citrus or pine this is much closer to a British style Pale Ale in taste.

The mouthfeel is good.

Certainly easy to drink the strongest point of this ale is the scent. Probably this is a bit over hyped; it is a good beer but not the best fresh hop ale around. Recommended but forget the hype about it.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a warm red, light the glow of neon massage parlors.

Smells a hoppy fresh, some malts, and an alcohol note. You can smell the hop love.

Up front bittering hops, deep earthy, musky finish. Some sweet caramel notes at the end. Good undertow of malts. If this were a wet hop sea monster, it's body would be a hop, but it would have tentacles of sweet malts.

Long finish, low abv for what we're all used to at this point.

Good beer. I like this one a lot!

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Photo of bboven
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep red-golden color, thick but shallow head that leaves loads of lacing. Very very clear.

Smell is all hops. I know this is a hop display, so you expect that. The hops are wonderful, the bottle was right; there are so many layers to the aroma that you don't care about smelling malt. There's an earthy muskiness, sharp conifer, and a little citrus.

Taste is all hop as well. Up front it's very sweet but gets surprisingly bitter at the end. A little harsher than I thought it would be, but still one of the best hoppy ales I have tasted.

Very carbonated but surprisingly smooth for the level. Interesting.

I bought two of these, and I think I'll go buy more tomorrow. 3.99 for a bomber of this is almost a steal!

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Photo of neddy191
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 edition

a - Copper, briliantly clear. Off-white, one-finger head with good retention. Beautiful lacing on glass.

s - Intense and dominate earthy hop smell up front. Rather pronounced grassyness. Citrusy.

t -Balanced toward hops, as would be expected in the beer. Upfront a very earthy, grassy, even spicy impression from the hops. Little malt flavor comes through the hops. Definately showcases the fresh hops nicely.

m - medium body. moderate to high carbonation. Nice crisp feel on the palate.

d- Very drinkable, especially if you tend to be more of a hop-head. The fresh hops definately give a different impression to teh ber.

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Photo of malty
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11th edition <2007>

Pours into my new Sam Adams futuristic glass a brilliantly clear amber/copper with miniscule suspended particles visible. Moderate visible carbonation rising upward sustaining the 1 1/2" loose and full off white head. Gobs of thick lace all the way down.

Fresh oily hops bathed in vanilla and faint toffee. Hops smell for earthy and rindy than floral and perfumy - which is very interesting and nice. A toasty sweet pale malt scent bookend the main stage hops.

Dry and oily all at the same time - the hops really put on a vigorous production upon the first gulp. Although the scent carried a non-perfumy hop profile, I do get a big dose of astringent and perfumy hop flavor at the finish. I wonder if because the hops were never dried, that why I'm getting a spicy, woody and earthy overtone? It's very rustic and dense, but still very dry and bitter - almost a little gritty.

Mouthfeel is great. Medium bodies with a nice fine carbonation at just the right level. Long, dry spicy, rindy finish.

Drinkability is very nice. I’ll have no problem finishing off the remainder of the 24 oz. bottle in no time.

I was expecting something closer to an IPA, but this creature is very original and gave me a good lesson on diversification of hop profiles. The overall spiciness of this brew lends itself nicely to the fall season (right now the leaves are almost peaked and it's sunny and 54F outside). A very interesting and unique pale ale with a very organic and earthy core. Good beer for certain.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

from notes:

uhhh ehhh

im going to go out on a limb here. i agree with most of the comments i've read from my beer reviewin' pals.. earthy, grassy.. yes. lemon pith? yep. mos def. woody? oh fo' sho. my take.. one dimensional? si, senor. probably my biggest complaint here, and the factor that puts this beer decidedly into the just above average realm.

first off, let me say i've had SN harvest in its draft-only incarnation the past couple of years, and had a much more enthusiastic reaction. granted, expanding the production by 500% is going to dull the final product a bit.. but the fruity, oily freshness doesn't seem to speak as loudly in the bottled product as does an overabundance of the acidic effect of any hop, fresh or not. yes, it's bitter.. and yes, it has a really grassy tone.. but so do many NON-wet ipa's that strive for C-ness.

i will have no problem consuming the 72 oz of harvest ale that i purchased today for $12. i even feel that i made out like a bandit price-wise. i just don't feel like this beer lives up to the hype of previous years.. nor does it live up to the hype i've read here.

this should have stayed a draft specialty, with focus on maintaining a freshness level that bottling kills.. at least in perception.

i'd reach for a fresh celebration just as fast as i reach for this beer. recommended, just don't expect what you've had in the past to show up in the bottle.

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Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fresh 24 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A. Pours a clear reddish copper color with a fantastic head. Decreases to a 2 finger head that stays the whole way.

S. Smells like fresh piney, citrusy cascade hops. Mush like I would expect from a SN brew.

T. I expected the hops to be in your face, but they were muted somewhat and very enjoyable. Sometimes, to be honest, a SN brew can taste like drinking floor cleaner. This is a very well hopped beer.

M. Very well carbonated and a nice dry finish.

D. Is it drinkable? Well, to answer that question, I went back and bought 4 more bottles for friends and I this weekend. A drinkable beer that makes me want to try even more fresh hopped brews.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

24oz bottle, served in a pint glass.

A - clear, orange/amber color with a good size fluffy, off-white head that thinned to a layer, leaving lots of tiny bubble lacing on the glass.

S - aroma is bitter hops with some malty undertones.

T - very good tasting brew, first bite is hoppy, malty flavors midway through, with a ESB type bitterness on the finish.

M - light/medium bodied, crisp carbonation, good beer.

D - fairly low abv along with the fine taste make for an excellent drinking beer.

Final Note: Between this very tasty beer and cooler temperatures, I wish it was Fall year round.

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Photo of genog
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

24 oz bottle pours an Amber color with clear, and sparkling body. thick, and fizzy light brown head rests on top of this one. Excellent lacing that lasts for a long while. Smell is citrus and earthy, grassy hops, with a little malty sweetness. Taste is malty sweet first, then the bitter feeling kicks in for a tiny bit. Mostly smooth with a strong lemon citrus prevalent. Soft carbonation with a watery mouthfeeling.

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Photo of 0tt0
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

24 oz. bottle, decanted into my trusty Duvel glass...

Marvelously clear. Color is like bourbon-spiked iced tea. Kinda amber, nice, large bubbled head. Tiny carbonation bubbles floating up from the etched 'd.' Amazing. Scent is big, fat floral hops and citrus. Very clean scent. Now for the sip-- without a doubt, I've had nothing like this before. So clean, crisp, with a nice malt presence. Caramely. Hops are oily, flowery. Its bitter, but not rip your tongue out bitter. Nice lingering mellow hop tingle. I was expecting this to be way less drinkable than it actually is. I need to review this one later. I'm at a loss for words. A truly surprising beer.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24 ounce bottle purchased from Green's in Greenville, SC on 10/11/07 and consumed the same day.

Clear and red in appearance, a thick creamy head sat firmly atop this brew. Aromas of rich hoppy oils, piney and lovely. Bitterness was not as high as I would have expected and played well with the malty sweetness - excellent balance. Great use of the hops... No questioning the oily goodness of these little animals... Nice job.

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Photo of CBennett
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just picked up a case of this. 24Oz Bottle.Started out with a big fluffy head almost 2.5-3" that lasted a good 4 minutes, Copper color, lots of lacing Very hoppy, almost like a IPA. Citrus, hops, Pine notes. Smooth and crisp could drink this all night, not overpowering. I have tried several new Beers this year and 2 stood out to me as being excellent. Stone IPA and this Sierra Nevada Harvest so this is one of my new favorites. Glad I got a case :).

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Photo of seaoflament
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper tone with a good finger of eggshell colored foam. Very good lacing.

Good dose of toasted malts, and bread/biscuit aromas. Citrus and pine hops in abundance, inching into IPA territory.

Taste is close to the aroma plus a nice bitterness in the finish. Malt and sweet upfront but quickly washed away with some bitterness.

This is a really easy beer to sit back and drink, it’s crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of bosco7
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am so happy that SN decided to bottle this. I love the 24 oz. bottle.

Striking copper color with a large sticky off-white head that threatens to leave the glass.

Not as aromatic as I expected but very pleasant, with grapefruit, orange, caramel and pine rising from the fluid.

Some sweet caramel upfront with lots of herbal/floral hop flavors-there is a lot going on here. I notice rose, mint, grapefruit and orange juice. There definitely is a unique hop character to this beer. It tastes fresher and earthier.

I have never met a SN offering that wasn't perfectly balanced, extremely drinkable, and full of flavor, and this beer does not stray from this tradition. One of my favorite beers that I have tried this year. Highly recommended.

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Photo of FenwaySquid
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 24 oz. brown bottle, no bottling or BBD date but the label clearly announces that this is the 2007 Harvest, poured into a pint glass.

Apperance: Pours a crystal clear reddish copper color, carbonation bubbles rising inside. The head forms a creamy off white colored 2 fingers thick and retains nicely.

Aroma: Piney hops, just a hint of some sweet malts as well.

Taste: Bitter hops, pine and citrus even each other out. There's some subdued caramel malt that comes through in the middle and towards the finish, but the hops take over and linger nicely.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, very creamy. The carbonation balanced nicely.

Overall: It reminded me a little of their celebration ale, which is a good thing. An excellent brew, highly recommended.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

24 ounce bottle, 2007 edition, 6.7% ABV. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a copper/red color with an inch off-white head. Lacing and head retention are both excellent. Smells mostly like citrus (grapefruit) and herbal hops with a bit of caramel malt too, the aroma is very nice. The taste is very good. Herbal and grapefruit hops dominate, but there's enough malt to balance it out. Mouthfeel/body is medium, and it's creamy and a bit oily. Drinkability is very good too, it's easy to drink and has just the right amount of carbonation. Alcohol isn't noticable at all. I'm very impressed with this beer. I'll definitely have to pick up another bottle of this soon!

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Photo of Kegatron
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From one of the newly released 11th Edition 2007 24oz bottles.

Pours a clear reddish orange with about an inch or so of fantastic looking white head that left some great lacing. Aroma is just of fresh, fresh, earthy hops, piney resin, and citrus but a spicey sweetness creeps in at the end.

Taste matches the aroma perfectly. Fresh hop character dominates but there is that nicely spiced malt backbone for balance. Nice medium body with a hoppy bitterness lasts until the end. Drinkability is off the charts. Easy drinking and refreshing for hop heads and non hop heads alike.

What can I say. This is one of my favorite beers on draft and it's just as good in the bottle. Kudos to Sierra Nevada for finally making this available in bottles. Do yourself a favor and seek it out.

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Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice mild copper color with a one finger head. Aroma is hard to describe but smells of fresh hops, with a mild grassy/floral touch. Taste is very nice and hoppy upfront with a bold maltiness as well. There's a nice dryness towards the back of the throat and a subtle bitterness as well. Definitely a beautiful ale with the type of dryness that I look for in a beer.

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Photo of k3n
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

24 oz bottle, poured into pint glass.

A: Coppery red, 1" off-white head leaving lacing all over the place. Half the bottle filled the glass perfectly to the top with the head just nudging over the brim. The quintessential "beer" look.

S: Hoppy, clean, fresh citrus rind, a hint of malt.

T: Bitter citrus, pine, a flash of caramel malt in the middle to (kind of) even thing out.

M: Creamy at first, then the carbonation zings it up a bit, and the finish is clean and sharply bitter.

D: This actually seems more like an IPA to me. Or maybe some of the IPA's I've had should really be PA's. Who knows? I do know that this Harvest Ale is really going down easy. The hoppyness is really refreshing, and just keeps you coming back for more. Excellent!

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Photo of Mryup
4.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Found two bottles mysteriously hiding behind something else....hmmmm...and when I see the last two bottles I took them like the greedy efing rat I am.

A: A very nice copper/red earthy look. Head is amazing (almost as good as the real thing). The head is tan and very significant with superior lacing.

S: second I opened the bottle and took a whiff my nostrils received an enema of freshness. A variety of hops with malt throughout the background. I can't put my finger on a specific hop. Earthy aromas with hints of fruit and spice make this beer smell superb.

T: I don't know quite how to word this. It doesn't seem to be jammed packed with more hops, just better hops hence I guess "wet" hops. Its what it says it is. Plenty of malt throughout too in a very well thought out balance. Once again, hints a fruit and spices with beautiful bitterness coming in at the end. The head is STILL there.

M: Consistent, medium-bodied mouthfeel thats maintains its presence throughout. Carbonation is perfect. The bitterness leads to slight dryness at the very end.

D: Good thing I only got a hold of two bottles. My liver thanks me.

This beer is everything it is made out to be. Coming in I had high expectations and they were met. This is the highest review I have ever given a beer,

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Photo of KingG
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served chilled and pured into my Tripel Karmeliet glass.

Appearance is very good. Clear copper beer with a huge clumpy off-white head. Impressive lacing. Carbonation bubbles rising slowly to the top. Beautiful looking brew.

Smell is good. Danky, bittering herbal and grapefruit hops that smell insanely fresh (it is a fresh hop beer after all) Touch of caramel malt in the background.

Taste is exceptional. Bittering hops crush the palate and linger after the swallow. The herbal hops play a big role in the flavor. Complex hop taste that gets balanced out (somewhat) with the caramel malt. Finishes with bitter grapefruit. Borderline IPA; I've tasted IPA's with less hop bite than this. Wonderful. Perfect for the style.

Mouthfeel is very good. Medium-bodied. Carbonation is perfect. The swallow is clean, quick and numbing from the hops.

Drinkability is exceptional. I could seriously drink this non-stop with absolutely no gripes. Addictive flavor and mouthfeel.

I've had this beer numerous times on draft and loved it. In the bottle it might be better since I'm drinking it so fresh. Best Fresh-Hop beer I've ever had. Highly recommended.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a luminiscent shade of copper. Held to the light you see a rich but somewhat light copper ale that is completely clear/free of haze. Thick lather of head formed nicely and retained well, with sexy "belgian lace" on the sides of the glass. Hmm... fresh beer perhaps?

Nose has hop resin, a pleasant vegetable/vine like aroma, with unripe fruit notes.

Palate is prickly hoppy with a nice dry tart component towards the end. Malt is present but the atypical hops steal the show. Finish is pine cone like and quite satisfying.

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Photo of bradybeer
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a deep copper color with rocky off white head. Hop aroma is not dominate in the pour. I detect some slight hop bitterness and a light malty sweetness in the finish. Mouth feel is medium to light while drinkability is high-this is one of the easiest SN beers to drink-almost dangerous because it is so smooth and has a good balance of hops and malt.

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Photo of PhxHorn
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 24-oz bottle poured into a pint glass. A light copper color with lots of lacing that dried onto the glass as I drank it.

Not a lot of smell, but a bit of hops was detectable.

After hearing rave reviews about this for a couple years now, this wasn't as incredible as I hoped, and this from a SN fan. Not great, but very good. There was a heavy of hops flavor, with a lot of malt and caramel, and lots of bitterness and an aftertaste that lasted forever. This is the kind of beer you could sip one after another.

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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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